Security didn't stop fight: witness

WITNESSES to a brutal assault outside Byron's Great Northern Hotel, which left a Pottsville man with serious head injuries after he had his head stamped on while laying injured on the pavement, have criticised the hotel's security guards for not intervening sooner to stop it.

As the trial of three Northern Rivers men facing serious assault charges against two men enters its third week in the Lismore District Court, witness Adam Preedy, a schoolteacher from Dorrigo, said he saw a smaller guy fall to the ground after being punched and ‘the bigger guy' kick him a few times in his chest area and then ‘stamped his head'.

“I saw him lift up his foot so his knee was up and he brought it down on his head,” Mr Preedy said. He heard the sound of the contact of the foot on the head.

Mr Preedy said the security guards should have stepped in, but no one did.

Nicholas Stafford Sharp, 27, of Ocean Shores; Dean William Phelps, 25, of Suffolk Park; and Lee Frederick Funnell, 26, of Brunswick Heads, are all charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to Dallas Arnold, of Pottsville, at Byron Bay on March 7 last year; and threatening to use violence towards Campbell McFarlane and other people that would cause them to fear for their safety.

Phelps and Funnell are accused in company of assaulting Gold Coast man Nathan Spratt, 31, causing him bodily harm.

Witness Ian Watson, of Sawtell, said he saw men fighting on the street and hotel security ‘not doing a lot,' only ensuring people did not go near the fight, but not stopping it.

He said Mr Arnold collapsed to the ground and he saw the larger male lift up his right leg 30 to 40cm and stamp down on the guy's head.

Mr Watson said he ‘had a dig' at one security guard, saying ‘how could you let that happen', and saying it ‘is your responsibility to break up fights'. He said the guard replied it was health and safety regulations they couldn't get involved in fights.

The trial continues.



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